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Comoros Livestock Policy Hub Stakeholders Validated the Livestock Development Policy and Updated the Veterinary Legislation to Boost Livestock Sector

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Comoros Goat Breed.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Comoros Goat Breed.A workshop to Validate livestock development policy and veterinary legislation took place from 27-28 March 2017 at Karthala Hotel in Moroni, Comoros.

The overall objective was to improve Livestock Development in Comoros Union through comprehensive policy that can be used to lead the livestock development by involving value chain actors and other stakeholder including partner organizations taking into account the available resources and potential as well as the constraints that limit the development of livestock sector. In addition, the draft Veterinary Legislation has been validated to improve the framework of veterinary legislation in the country.

The specific objectives were the following:

  • To validate the proposed livestock development policy and to equip the country with a the national veterinary legislation; and to lead the stakeholders on the issues to be included in the Livestock Policy and the veterinary legislation.
  • To develop a way forward to finalize and submit the documents to the Government of Comoros.

The workshop brought together the national livestock policy hub members and other stakeholders to amend and agree on the issues to be taken into account in the Livestock Policy and the national veterinary legislation. A total of 35 participants attended the workshop.

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Communiqué - Workshop for the Establishment of the Regional Platform of Non-State Actors (NSAs) Active in Fisheries and Aquaculture in West Africa

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop for the Establishment of the Regional Platform of Non-State Actors (NSAs) Active in Fisheries and  Aquaculture in West Africa.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Workshop for the Establishment of the Regional Platform of Non-State Actors (NSAs) Active in Fisheries and Aquaculture in West Africa.Introduction

The workshop to formally establish a regional platform of non-state actors (NSAs) in West Africa was jointly organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the Government of the Republic of Togo from 19-21 September 2016, in Lomé, Republic of Togo.The overall objective of this regional workshop was to create and formalize the establishment of a recognised regional platform for active non-state actors in West Africa that are involved in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the region.

The workshop was attended by 36 representatives of Non State Actors actively involved in fisheries and aquaculture sector from the following 13 West African Union Member States (AU MS): namely Benin, Burkina Faso; Côte d’Ivoire; The Gambia; Guinea-Bissau; Guinea; Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal; Sierra Leone and Togo; Regional Non State Actors included Réseau sur les Politiques de Pêches en Afrique de l’Ouest (REPAO), Association Ouest Africaine pour le Développement de la Pêche Artisanale (ADEPA/WADAF), African Confederation of Small-scale Fisheries Professional Organisations (CAOPA), Partenariat Régional pour la Conservation de la zone Côtière et Marine en Afrique de l'Ouest (PRCM/UICN) and ROPPA/COFPAO. Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) included Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) and Commission Sous Régionale des Pêches (CSRP) as well as AU-IBAR and NEPAD Agency staff members.

The opening ceremony was marked by three statements from the representatives of AU-IBAR, NEPAD Agency and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Water, Republic of Togo.

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Promoting a Regional Approach to Fisheries Improvement and Certification for Octopus Fisheries in the South West Indian Ocean (Phase 1): SWIO Regional Pre-Assessment for Octopus

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Project Initiation Meeting with Key Stakeholders Involved in the Project.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Project Initiation Meeting with Key Stakeholders Involved in the Project.A workshop to launch a regional Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) pre-assessment for South Western Indian Ocean Octopus Fisheries was held on the 15th and 16th of March 2017, at the Zanzibar Beach Resort in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. The meeting was sponsored by the AU-IBAR and MSC and included participants from Fisheries Departments and regional partnership bodies. The primary objective of the meeting was to agree on support for the pre-assessment project amongst participating countries, with a long-term view to establishing FIPs for regional octopus fisheries.

Specifically, the meeting sought to:

  •  Highlight the commitment by AU member states to sustainable management of seafood resources.
  •  Increase awareness of FIPs as a route to certification and the role of certification as a tool to promote trade and conservation.
  •  Promote the MSC standard and supporting tools as a framework for the design and implementation of FIPs.
  •  Introduce the concept of regional multi-state fishery pre-assessments.
  •  Gain technical and political insight into what would be necessary for a successful regional pre-assessment project for SWIO octopus fisheries.
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AU-IBAR Supports Madagascar Develop a National Livestock Policy

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© Photo Dr Raymond, DG/ Ducks for the production of “Foie gras”© Photo Dr Raymond, DG/ Ducks for the production of “Foie gras”Within the framework of the VET-GOV programme AU-IBAR supported Madagascar to develop a national Livestock Policy informed by the results of a Value chain analysis to improve competitiveness of Malagasy products of animal origin to international market.A validation workshop of the livestock policy and the results of the value chain study took place from 22-23 March 2017 at Panorama Hotel in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

 The overall objective of the 2-day workshop was to validate the developed Livestock Policy including the results of Livestock Value chain study. The specific objectives were the following:

  •  To validate and adopt the developed livestock policy of the country
  •  To present the results of the value chain analysis and the main recommendations
  •  To discuss on the way forward to finalize and to submit the documents.to the government for endorsement.

The workshop brought together the national livestock policy hub members and other stakeholders to discuss and agree on the issues to be included in the Livestock Policy, and the results of the study on livestock value chain including the recommendations. A total of 40 participants attended the workshop.

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Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnosis, Prevention and Control Training Workshop Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnosis, Prevention and Control Training Workshop Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnosis, Prevention and Control Training Workshop Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.Training workshop to enhance the capacity of veterinary services on aquatic animal diseases prevention and control, as well as to develop regional aquatic animal disease control frameworks and to establish regional aquatic animal health networks, was organized by the African Union’s Interafrican Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Developing Agency (NPCA) with support from the European Union in the Arab Republic of Egypt. This workshop was undertaken in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, The WorldFish, Africa Aquaculture Research and Training Center (AARTC) in Egypt, Benha University in Egypt, Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (CLAR) in Egypt. The participants in this training workshop were veterinarians and aquaculture/fish diseases experts from AU member states in North, East, Southern and West Africa.

The overall objective of this workshop is to strengthen the veterinary capacity for aquatic animal disease diagnosis, control and surveillance on the continent. This is in response to the increasing incidences of occurrence of emerging trans-boundary aquatic animal diseases on the continent and endemic diseases on-farm. This workshop is consistent with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, in particular to the policy arenas on the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic animal resources as well as sustainable market-led aquaculture development.